Nis­san to spark with Ori­gin

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWL­ING

PLUG in for an elec­tri­fy­ing ride that’s as good for the en­vi­ron­ment as it is bad for oil pro­duc­ers.

Nis­san has an­nounced a con­nec­tion with Australia’s big­gest en­ergy re­tailer, Ori­gin En­ergy, to sup­port and power its al­l­elec­tric Leaf hatch­back that goes on sale in June.

Ori­gin says it will pro­vide east­ern states cus­tomers ac­cess to electricity from sus­tain­able sources, home and of­fice charg­ing equip­ment, electricity man­age­ment, and ad­vice in its key mar­kets in those regions.

The part­ner­ship is de­signed to make public and fleet pur­chase of elec­tric ve­hi­cles easy and cost ef­fec­tive, says Ori­gin spokesman Phil Craig.

‘‘We will give op­tions for elec­tric ve­hi­cle own­ers on the type of charg­ing sta­tion and where the electricity is to be sourced,’’ he says.

‘‘Users can spec­ify 100 per cent of the electricity from sus­tain­able sources, or 50 per cent or 25 per cent. Opt­ing for 25 per cent sus­tain­able electricity only adds about $1 a week to the bill.’’

Mr Craig says the agree­ment will help es­tab­lish elec­tric ve­hi­cles as a vi­able, con­ve­nient and more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to all of the fos­sil­fu­elled ve­hi­cles.

Ori­gin has four al­l­elec­tric cars— two Mit­subishi i-mievs and two Leafs — and will in­crease its elec­tric fleet ve­hi­cles when the Leaf goes on sale in Australia in June.

Mr Craig says the agree­ment with Nis­san was not ex­clu­sive and Ori­gin would be open to pro­vide green ser­vices with fu­ture elec­tric-car mak­ers.

Re­nault will later this year in­tro­duce its al­l­elec­tric Flu­ence ZE sedan.

Nis­san’s out­go­ing CEO, Dan Thompson, says the Leaf has the po­ten­tial to change the shape of ur­ban and sub­ur­ban mo­tor­ing in Australia.

‘‘It is this shared aware­ness of, and ad­vo­cacy for, cleaner forms of en­ergy that makes the Nis­san and Ori­gin agree­ment such a fit­ting and promis­ing one,’’ he says.

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